Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a prescription drug used to treat certain bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and more. It’s not known whether Cipro is safe to take while pregnant, but it is not safe to take while breastfeeding.

If you can become pregnant, it’s important to consider whether Cipro is a safe option for you.

It’s not known whether Cipro is safe to take while pregnant. The drug’s use during pregnancy hasn’t been studied. But information gathered from several sources suggests that Cipro does not raise the risk of complications if taken during pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, talk with your doctor before starting Cipro treatment. Together, you can determine whether Cipro is right for you.

If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to do so, it’s important to understand the effects that Cipro could have on you or your child.

It is not safe to take Cipro while breastfeeding. The drug passes into breast milk and can cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Because of this, you should not breastfeed while taking Cipro or for 2 days after stopping treatment.

If you have questions, talk with your doctor.

The sections above describe the reproductive health information provided by the drug’s manufacturer. If your doctor prescribes Cipro for you, they can provide more details.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor include:

  • How will we determine whether the benefit of taking Cipro during pregnancy outweighs any potential risks?
  • Are there alternatives to Cipro that are safe to take while breastfeeding?
  • What should I do if I become pregnant during my Cipro treatment?

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